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Riverdale – The Blackboard Jungle (2×10)

Riverdale -- "Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle" -- Image Number: RVD210a_0078.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Cole Spouse as Jughead, Jordan Connor as Sweet Pea, Vanessa Morgan as Toni, Drew Ray Tanner as Fangs and KJ Apa as Archie -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

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There’s no shortage of creepy men in Riverdale.

The Black Hood was just the tip of the iceberg, apparently.

The winter premiere brought FBI Agent Adams to the small town who was set on taking down the big, bad Hiram Lodge. Honestly, I would make a more compelling agent with my name written on the back of my Target receipt but whatever.

Archie was hesitant at first but agreed to help this man out without so much as Googling him. All because the man promised to keep his father and Ronnie safe in the takedown.

Archie’s first mission as a “secret agent” was to find out if Hiram Lodge was behind Nick St. Claire’s brutal ski-accident.

He goes to New York under the guise that he’s getting Cheryl another check for her “troubles” aka the attempted rape. Except Nick reads right through Archie and begins to taunt him. Needless to say, he can now add a broken nose to his list of injuries.

Almost immediately, Veronica finds out about her BF’s secret shenanigans. Archie blurts out that it was because he wanted Nick to suffer for what he did to her and Cheryl, thus revealing that he knew that she was almost a victim.

Before he can explain himself, Cheryl interjects and takes full responsibility. She claims that Archie did it because she asked him too and of course, Veronica lets it go.

That is until her girlfriend’s intuition leads her to believe that Archie is hiding something, which she’s right about. He really is a terrible liar, isn’t he? Instead of telling her the truth — that he’s working with the FBI on an epic takedown of her criminal father — he confesses to kissing Betty. (They were on a BREAK!)

Veronica is disgusted and a little hurt; that’s her best friend after all. And a best friend who was very open about her feelings for Archie. But she forgives him because he’s honest and that’s something she’s not used to in the Lodge family. Or at least, she thinks he’s honest.

Arche is harboring a dangerous secret if the FBI agent is real. But something tells me, homie is a figment of Archie’s imagination. It was believable up until the agent revealed that he knew all about Black Hood because he was following Archie for quite some time. You’re telling me I’m supposed to believe that a federal agent saw Archie almost get buried alive and didn’t intervene or report it to the authorities? Yeah, okay. Archie is slowly losing it and it’s probably because he, like all of us, know that Svenson was not their man; he was simply a victim just like they all are. Oh, Arch.

Veronica can’t even be mad at Archie for lying because she’s not being truthful about anything. In fact, she’s just as bad as her parents are because she’s “in” on the family business now and promised to smooth the transition of Serpents from Southside High to Riverdale after their school closed down.

Ronnie knew that all hell would break out when both sides would be forced into classrooms together, but she was fine with it as long as her parents could seize the property under the school and Mayor McCoy could gain control of the Southside. Not ot mention line her pockets with reelections money from the Lodges. Veronica is really no better, no less corrupt than Hiram. When Archie begins to dig deeper into the family, their relationship will falter because he’ll realize that there’s a whole side of Veronica, a whole Lodge persona, that he wasn’t aware of.

The Serpents in Riverdale-branded clothing is definitely a sight. I’m surprised by how easy it was for Toni, Fangs and Sweet Pea to conform and how conflicted Jughead was by it all, considering he’s the newest member, a former student and the only one with friends here.

He made such a big deal about “shedding his skin” when everyone else was fine with taking the coats off during school hours. I guess it makes sense when you realize that Juggy finally feels like he has a family with the Serpents and doesn’t want that threatened, especially by the likes of Cheryl, Reggie, and the coterie.

However, if longtime members are fine with it, maybe he should just let up. I can’t wait to see what his secret club brings.

Betty never seems to learn. Like series said, she traded in one monster for another… and this one, she’s letting sleep in her house. I don’t know why no one stopped her from finding Chick and simply said, “hey, this seems like a terrible idea.” Replacing one sibling with a long-lost one is like asking for trouble.

We always thought Polly was weird, especially after she gave birth to her cousin’s (Jason’s) babies on a farm and named them Juniper and Dogwood, after trees. But Chick is on a whole new level.

First of all, he’s definitely not Hal’s child, which is why Hal refused to allow Alice and Betty to see him. Second, he lives in a ragged motel because he never got adopted from the Sister’s. Why on earth did Alice expect a big and warm welcome from a son who probably led a terrible and lonely life? Newsflash: he probably hates you.

And then we find out his job is fantasy fulfillment. What is that even? Porn. THEN, Betty decides to give him another chance and finds him getting beat up by what I thought was the motel receptionist. He’s clearly into some dark and twisted things.

So of course, Betty decides to bring him home and seek help from her parents. And no one even bats an eyelash about letting some stranger sleep in their house. Look, if it was me, I’d be sleeping with one eye open but nope, there’s Betty sleeping, blissfully unaware that her psycho brother is just watching her. I mean, she’s the girl in the scary movies that says “hello” when she hears a sound in the basement. Don’t be that girl Betty.

Cheryl continues to provide the mean-girl antics, but also, the hilarity on the series. To pay off all of Cheryl’s Christmas debt, her mother becomes a “male companion,” much to her daughter’s disgust. And she thoroughly enjoys it. This might be the best thing that even happened to Mrs. Blossom. And the worst to Cheryl.

With everything that’s going on, it’s hard to remember the town as tormented by a hooded figure, but it was and it still is. Who is the Black Hood? When will he strike again?

What do you think Chick’s deal is? Will he assimilate into the Cooper lifestyle? Or is he going to get revenge? Is he jealous that Betty was never put up for adoption? Will Polly’s weird ass ever come home? Is Archie losing it? Is Veronica going to be the next Lodge felon in the family?


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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‘Riverdale’ Resumes Production As Creator Teases Photo from Senior Prom

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Riverdale Back in Production as Creator Teases Prom Photo

Did someone say prom?

Not even the coronavirus pandemic could prevent these teens from the right of passage that is the senior dance on Riverdale

The CW teen drama’s showrunner Robert Aguirre-Sacasa shared a photo on Instagram that gave fans a glimpse into season 5’s prom episode.

The photo featured the beloved couple “Choni” aka Madelaine Petsch’s Cheryl Blossom and Vanessa Morgan’s Toni Topaz.  

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“Rest assured, ALL the queens will [be] reigning SUPREMELY next season,” he captioned the post seemingly alluding the Morgan’s outspoken criticism of the show for its lack of diversity and proper storylines for diverse characters. At the time, Aguirre-Sacasa promised to do better.

The prom episode was initially supposed to be part of the show’s fourth season, but it was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the show to suspend production three episodes shy of its promised count. 

‘Riverdale’ Star Vanessa Morgan Announces Pregnancy as Husband Michael Kopech Files for Divorce

Therefore, the upcoming season of Riverdale will include all those milestone high school moments before doing a significant time jump that will likely find our favorites from the murderous town in college.

While the photo serves as confirmation that the series is back in production (we couldn’t be more excited), it was taken during the remaining few days on set for season 4 as since filming hasn’t picked back up again.

Of course, this also means that the series is back on track to return during the midseason in January 2021. 

All good things! 


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‘Riverdale’ Star Vanessa Morgan Announces Pregnancy as Husband Michael Kopech Files for Divorce

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Riverdale's Vanessa Morgan and Michael Kopech Expecting First Child

Updated: July 27

Shortly after Vanessa Morgan announced she was expecting her first child, a baby boy, her husband of several months, Michael Kopech, filed for divorce. 

Citing court docs, the Chicago Tribune reports revealed that the MLB player filed back in June. It was sealed on Monday.

No hearing has been scheduled.

Reps for Kopech and Morgan did not offer up comments. Neither have commented on the divorce or pregnancy announcement. 

Fans grew concerned when Morgan posted the baby announcement without any mention of Kopech. He was not in any of the videos or photos.

The couple wed in January after a year-long engagement and one year of dating. 

It’s unclear what led to the split. 

 

 

Original post July 25:

Congrats are in order for Riverdale’s Vanessa Morgan.

The CW actress is expecting her first child! 

The 28-year-old shared the exciting news with fans on Instagram with pictures from her gender reveal. 

If you can’t handle the suspense — she’s having a baby boy!

While she admitted that she would like to keep this part of her life private, she said she wanted fans to hear it from her before they found out by eventually seeing her growing bump. 

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“I do want to keep this chapter of my life private but did want to be the first to share the news. I am overjoyed to be welcoming my baby boy into the world this January,” she wrote. “It’s almost like everything I thought mattered in this life has completely changed.. We’re here for such a greater purpose and life is so precious.”

She continued to gush about the exciting milestone in her life: “I can’t believe how much growth & strength you’ve already given me as your mom,” the actor added. “It’s like God knew I needed you, my angel. The universe works in mysterious ways but always times everything the way it was meant to be. Lil one you were made with so much love & already exude a light so strong it warms my belly. Thank you God for this blessing I’m just so happy & can’t wait to dedicate every day to being the best mommy I can be.”

We Need to Acknowledge Vanessa Morgan’s Comments About Black Characters Being Portrayed as ‘Sidekicks’

 

Morgan and Kopech, who is a professional baseball player for the Chicago White Sox, tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in January. 


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‘Katy Keene’ Cancelled at The CW After One Season – ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff Looking for New Home

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After weeks of waiting, The CW has decided against renewing Katy Keene after just one season. 

The network announced that the Lucy Hale-led Riverdale spinoff will not be picked up for season 2. 

Katy Keene was the only series awaiting a decision after the network’s bulk renewal back in January, which saw all of its scripted shows get renewed including freshman dramas Batwoman and Nancy Drew. All shows are scheduled to return in January due to the coronavirus production delays. 

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Show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa took to Instagram to share the news with fans alongside a photo of the cast, writing, “From the first #katykeene table read. It seems like a dream. So proud of this show and the beautiful souls who came together to make it.💔.”

Hale commented writing: “I am …devastated. But love you all so much.”

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Julia Chan (Pepper Smith) chimed in expressing her gratitude: “Love you, Roberto and Michael and my beloved @cw_katykeene family. Eternally grateful. ♥️”

Hale also addressed the fans directly on Instagram Live. “Sad to deliver this news ! But I love the show. I love what it stands for. And mostly I love YOU. To the cast, crew and all involved. I adore you,” she captioned the clip. 

Despite all the fan-love, the series was not a rating’s hit garnering a 0.2 rating in the demo with delayed viewing accounted for, per Nielsen. 
 
However, Deadline reports that the studio behind the series, Warner Bros. Television, plans to shop it around to potentially find the series a new home. There’s word that if the series does snag a second season, it will likely be on HBO Max as the streaming platform recently began airing the first season. 
 
We’re bummed about the news here at CraveYouTV as we truly thought Katy Keene was a fun, refreshing sidekick to Riverdale, but for now, we’re hopeful and optimistic that all is not lost. Be sure to check back as we’ll continue to keep you posted! 


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